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This four-disc special edition honors Bertolucci's vision, starting with restored transfers of the final cut and the 218-minute broadcast edition, the former overseen by Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Recorded in 2003 and 2007, the audio commentary features Bertolucci and fellow award recipients Jeremy Thomas, Mark Peploe, and actor/composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (co-composer David Byrne appears in a separate interview). Among the revelations: the film was originally planned as a five-part series, Peploe adapted the screenplay from over 50 books, and the filmmaker admits he now finds some scenes embarrassing. The supplements continue with documentaries about the director's path from Parma to Peking ("The Italian Traveler") and the production ("Bernardo Bertolucci's Chinese Adventure" and "The Southbank Show"), a video diary ("Postcards From China"), and a new featurette ("Making The Last Emperor"). Lest viewers fear these features merely flatter their subject, 1986s "Adventure" captures Bertolucci pitching a fit on the set (in an attempt to protect his youngest actor from distractions). As lavish as the film it celebrates, this beautifully designed keepsake concludes with the theatrical trailer, two additional interviews (Bertolucci and historian Ian Buruma) and a 96-page booklet. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
My only disappointment is that the director's cut was not the one released by Criterion (they released the short theatrical version). Read morePublished 27 days ago by A. L. Owens Jr.
My wife and I visited the Forbidden City when we went to China so seeing it in this movie was quite neat. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Gamble
Excellent movie. The closest to the real "Last Emperor" of China!Published 1 month ago by Armando Lopez-Marquez
This is a brilliant edition of the Last Emperor, complaints about the aspect ratio notwithstanding. If you enjoyed this movie do yourselves a favor and buy this edition, it is far... Read morePublished 2 months ago by pm092
I watched this when I was much much younger..I actually went to the forbidden city..came back and had to purchase it...great acting. .must see.Published 2 months ago by lassie
This single disc Blu-Ray movie and movie guide booklet, arrived on time and intact, with no damage to either the disc, the movie guide booklet and the case that the disc and movie... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Andrew Curry
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It sure doesn't look like it.. nor any English subtitles, either. What an oversight!!!
Sep 8, 2008 by JCC | See all 2 posts
|How many pages is the booklet?||
It's around 85 pages, I believe. Plenty of great articles! A good read!
Mar 19, 2008 by cybergel78 | See all 4 posts
Yes, according to Criterion's website, it has both the theatrical and the extended versions of the film. see http://criterion.com/asp/releas
Dec 16, 2007 by emergo | See all 2 posts
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